Personal Care Assistant Charged With Neglect

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (WCCO) — A personal care assistant who was entrusted with looking after a paralyzed woman has been charged with neglect and theft.

According to the complaint, Jennifer Darville was under the supervision of her friend Casandra Sannerud, 26, after Darville was paralyzed in an ATV crash.

It was during this time that Darville developed severe pressure sores. The infection was so bad it got into her leg bones and hip sockets. Doctors believe bandages on her legs should have been changed several times a day and that wasn’t happening.

Darville wasn’t able to see or feel any of it. Ultimately, she ended up having her legs amputated.

A WCCO story filed by Liz Collin in 2010 led to a state investigation. At the time of the initial report, Darville’s mother said that she had reported what happened to her daughter to the state, the county attorney and the agency her PCA worked for. She said nobody called her back until WCCO started making phone calls.

Following their investigation, prosecutors said they could only find one note where Sannerud told anyone about Darville’s pressure sores. The state argues Sannerud knew of Darville’s condition and didn’t notify anyone.

State fraud investigators also documented more than 100 dates where the timesheets for her home PCA work with Jennifer overlapped with work at another care center, dates when Jennifer was in the hospital, or times when other PCAs said they were working.

Sannerud has been charged with three counts of theft by false representation, one count of criminal neglect and one count of failure to report.

  • Murph

    You will find Pawlenty not to like there! That’s his M.O. and Tim had to violate the state constitution to do it!

  • PCA

    Bed sores are very preventable. They do not just happen. I have been turning clients over for years and bandaging them. No bed sores.

    • Victim Du Jour

      Didn’t Christopher Reeve die from a bed sore infection? I am sure he had round the clock people taking care of him.

      I predict it will be hard to get in home health services if it’s a potential crime.

  • WHAT?????

    Bed sores are 1 thing, having infections so bad they have to remove your legs is another thing. You cannot even try to defend someone who is in charge of caring for someone and does not report this. Even if they were friends and she was “abetted” as you say, the person was trained how to take care of this person and if it is not being done this is stealing as she was being paid to do a job that was not being done.

  • ten

    I have to say something about this whole thing is fishy….

    Bed sores happen in distinct stages and it is quite obvious when they exist. The PCA might not have been the most qualified individual to deal with the condition but she then should have contacted someone who was able to manage this type of care. If the PCA was friends with patient than all the more reason to get her some quality help.

    What I don’t understand is how none of the sores where seen by any of the patients doctors at appointments or other family members. They patient may not be able to feel the sores but she should have been able to see them. Why didn’t she contact anyone herself. I understand her being a vulnerable adult and all that but at some point people need to invest in their own care as much as possible.

  • Valerie

    How can she see her sores if she’s paralyzed? Christopher Reeve died of pneumonia i believe. Family maybe should have known, but if she was bandaged (but care giver wasn’t changing bandages like she should have) how would they know?

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    • CPA HP

      There is only one side, no matter what this should have been reported, I have been taken off cases because a client did not want me to report issues,as a CPA and a human I reported anyway, so client refused to have me back. If it meant saving a life or in this case, “legs” I will be glad to walk away from my job.

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